England Bounce Back Post Tea; Ashwin-Jadeja Partnership Helps India Gain Foothold

November 28 14:47 2016

jadejaNew Delhi, Monday, November 28 – India well started the third Test against England a couple of days ago, sending most of their batsmen back to the dressing room. England innings came to an end on Sunday at a score of 283 in 93.5 overs. The total was much below what the tourists would have expected to put forward while arriving on the crease. However, they couldn’t do much in front of excellent bowling attack of the Indians.

At Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, Virat Kohli-led side did well despite the fact that England won the toss and invited them to bowl first. Return of Parthiv Patel in place of Wriddhiman Saha after eight long years caught the eyes. Indian team included Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, captain Virat Kohli, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. The players in extra were Hardik Pandya, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha and Lokesh Rahul.

At the same time, Alastair Cook guided a side which consisted of Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Haseeb Hameed, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Gareth Batty, James Anderson and Adil Rashid. The players on bench were Steven Finn, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Ben Duckett, Zafar Ansari and Gary Ballance. In the midst of climate which had slight freeze in the early hours of the play, England innings was ended below the mark of 300. Alastair Cook gave a descent start to his team but first jolt was yet felt early after Haseeb Hameed lost his wicket to Umesh Yadav post playing a knock of 9 runs facing 31 deliveries. He struck a boundary too but did not succeed to make his knock go big as a result of a good catch by Rahane.

A brilliant delivery by Jayant Yadav showed Joe Root walk back to the pavilion. Root hit three 4s in his innings of 15 runs which he attained with a strike rate of 115.38. Ashwin did a major damage for England when Cook’s catch was taken by Parthiv Patel behind the wickets.  The England captain scored 27 runs in 42 balls, with the help of six boundaries. Indian bowlers carried on surprising the opponents. Now, it was the turn of Shami to give England another shock by dismissing Moeen Ali – one of the key batsmen.  Vijay was quick in taking the catch. Ali had to depart after contributing 16 runs in the team’s total score. His innings was studded with a boundary and six. To a certain extent, stability was brought by Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes. The two middle-order batsmen were trying their best to increase the speed of England’s scoring. Excellent stumping by Parthiv Patel in Jadeja’s over brought Ben Stokes’ stint to an end at a score of 29, which comprised five boundaries.

Jos Buttler also lent a hand to England stay in the game. It was a catch by Kohli that made him lose his wicket when he was seven runs away from getting a fifty. Five fours from him certainly took pressure away from his squad to some extent. England wicket-keeper batsman was lbw by Jayant Yadav at a score of 89. His innings included six fours. A clever ball by Yadav left Bairstow with no option but to leave the crease and think of the other way the shot could have been played. Chris Woakes was dismissed by Umesh at 25 runs (4 x 3). Adil Rashid succumbed to Shami at a score of 4. Shami also pocketed wicket of Gareth Batty at 1 run. James Anderson was not out at 13 runs (4 x 1). Shami got three wickets, while Jayant, Umesh and Jadeja got a couple of wickets each. Ashwin made one dismissal.

While batting on the Day 2 of Mohali Test, India in their 1st innings accumulated 271 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Start wasn’t good enough as the opener Murali Vijay was dismissed by Stokes at a score of 12. His innings included two fours. Parthiv Patel was able to leave an impression. Even though he fell eight runs short to get a half-century, he showcased good batting skills. Before getting his legs before wicket in Adil Rashid’s over, he struck six 4s. Cheteshwar Pujara, who was playing brilliantly, had to depart attributable to a spellbinding catch by Adil Rashid. The 51-run knock by Pujara comprised eight fours. This was the time when Indian innings fumbled. Ajinkya Rahane was lbw by Adil Rashid on a naught. Karun Nair – the debutant – sent the ball towards the fence for once. But he turned a run out victim thanks to a fantastic throw by Buttler that took the bails off the stumps.

Nair and Kohli did not have an eye contact while they tried to go for a single. Kohli seemed partially willing for the run and went back as soon as the ball was stopped but by that time, Nair already crossed half of the pitch, leaving him with no time to get back into the crease safely. Three wickets in a short span of time definitely brought the game into the grip of England. Ravichandran Ashwin gave good support to Virat Kohli. Before the partnership would have turned big, Stokes dismissed Indian skipper at a score of 62 (4 x 9). This spread silence in the crowd as it was clear that England were in no mood to spare India. Nonetheless, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja displayed great batting. Had the two not been able to do a good partnership, it was would have been easy for England to take lead of somewhere around 30 to 40 runs. Ashwin will resume his batting at 57 runs today, while Jadeja at 31 runs.

If the two manage to do well when match begins on Monday, pressure can be shifted easily on England, who eye remaining four wickets. Expectations are high from Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami who are yet to bat. James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes and Gareth Batty look for wickets as this will make England bat for second innings almost immediately. If truth be told then the hosts would wish to stay on the pitch at least for 1st session of the day, making the rivals to strive for wickets. The crowd is willing to cheer on each shot struck by the Indians. Lead of 60 to 70 runs is eyed but that would ask tail-ender batsmen to perform well.